Fiori di Zucca, Norcia Style

This is a variation on Penne alla Norcina. We’ve nicknamed it “Heart Attack Pasta”. Be sure to add a glass of wine — for your heart! We think this is even better with Rustichella d’Abruzzo’s Fiori di Zucca, pumpkin pasta. Continue reading Fiori di Zucca, Norcia Style

Branzino Makes the Salad

We’ve been enjoying Branzino on these late summer days. This is our new favorite recipe. Assemble the following for a perfect late-summer salad: Arugula (4 oz) Green Beans (1 lb) Baby potatoes (2 lbs) tossed with extra virgin olive oil* Continue reading Branzino Makes the Salad

Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

  Our panzanella begins with a quick toasting of bread cubes, tossed in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and salt, seasoned with Ravida Sea Salt. 1/2 loaf day-old Ciabatta Cut Ciabatta into 1-inch cubes. Heat 2-3 T extra Continue reading Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

Burrata: Our Best Idea Yet

    Burrata is a fresh, creamy semi-soft Italian cheese. Let’s call it a cousin to fresh mozzarella. Burrata’s outer layer is fresh mozzarella, while the inside is creamy. The soft, stringy curd is milky and buttery. Somehow it is Continue reading Burrata: Our Best Idea Yet

Radicchio and Endive Salad

Toss together a fresh and crispy salad with Radicchio, Endive, and DOP Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Make this salad supreme with Ravida Nocellara del Belice Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Acetaia Cattani White Balsamic Vinegar, and a squeeze of lemon. And, be Continue reading Radicchio and Endive Salad

Heart Healthy Recipes from Italy and Chiarentana

Our friend Donata Origo, of Chiarentana has provided three heart-healthy, traditional Tuscan recipes for us to share with you. For each recipe she recommends her favorite extra virgin olive oil. 

Homemade Mayonnaise with Quattrociocchi Novello Olive Oil

On Filippo Alampi’s recent visit (remember, he’s from Fattoria Ramerino in Tuscany), we selected Quattrociocchi’s Novello for a homemade mayonnaise (to serve with All-American) lobster rolls. We had a bit of time to experiment in the kitchen and in 10 Continue reading Homemade Mayonnaise with Quattrociocchi Novello Olive Oil

Minestra di Farro

Minestra di Farro Recipe Courtesy of Pamela Sheldon Johns, recipe from her cookbook, Parmigiano! This perfect winter soup becomes buttery and creamy with the simmering of the Parmigiano-Reggiano rind, together with beans and farro.

Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from Italy

  Sooner or later, much of the country will be inundated by a storm. At this time of year, snow storms and blizzards reign. Is your pantry ready to make the most of your time at home? Recently, more than Continue reading Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from Italy

How to Dress a Salad: Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP This salad makes the most of the truly special flavors of good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, perfectly paired with DOP Parmiggiano Reggiano. Here’s how to dress a salad: 1 clove Continue reading How to Dress a Salad: Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette